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The State Hornet

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Dylan McNeill

Dylan McNeill, sports writer

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The 2022 Seniors (L-R) Keith Torres, Trevor Doyle, Martin Vincelli-Simard, Brady Rodriguez, Dawsen Bacho, Brady Rodriguez, Steven Moretto and Nick Iwasa pose at John Smith Field on Sunday, May 15, 2022 as they were honored during Senior Day. “There’s a lot of memories you have with these guys,” Hornet manager Reggie Christiansen said. “Some of these guys have been here six years.”

SERIES RECAP: Hornets take three from Utah Valley in first conference sweep

WAC play concludes for Hornets on Senior Day
May 16, 2022
Sac State sweeps Utah Valley in the final series of conference play, capping off with a record of 28-23. Lights-out bullpen and Senior Day make for a great weekend of Hornet baseball.
Sophomores Cesar Valero (left) and Josh Rolling pose in a tree near the River Front Center on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Both Valero and Rolling transferred to Sac State as sophomores and have found a spot in the Hornets lineup.

Sac State baseball sparks friendship for two slugging sophomores

Josh Rolling’s and Cesar Valero’s relationship goes beyond the bases
May 15, 2022
On and off the field, Josh Rolling and Cesar Valero’s relationship cuts deep. Read it here:”
 [FILE PHOTO] Sophomore pitcher Eli Saul throws against California Baptist on Friday, April 29, 2022 at John Smith Field. Saul threw his first complete game in a 121-pitch effort in Fridays win over Grand Canyon University.

SERIES RECAP: Sac State baseball couldn’t hold lead Sunday, drop two-of-three to GCU

Hornets drop first conference series since March
May 9, 2022
Hornet baseball leaves Phoenix with a hard-fought series loss after a couple of close defeats to Grand Canyon University. The Hornets remain in third place in the WAC.

Votes are in: See which players have the best and worst walk-up songs

Sac State baseball team has almost unanimous decision for worst
May 6, 2022
The baseball team leaves no question for which player’s walk-up song is the worst.
After starting conference play 3-6, Sac State baseball has won 10 of 15 as the baseball season heads into the final stretch while Sac State takes fifth series in a row.

SERIES RECAP: Keeping it consistent, Hornets take series for 5th straight weekend

Sac State baseball wins home series over California Baptist, taking 2 of 3
May 3, 2022
After starting conference play 3-6, Sac State baseball has won 10 of 15 as the baseball season heads into the final stretch while Sac State takes fifth series in a row.
Jorja Smith performs on the Blume stage at Discovery Park in Sacramento on Saturday, April 30, 2022. Smith is an English singer-songwriter who was one of four women headliners at Sol Blume festival this year. (Photo by Laura De la Garza Garcia)

GALLERY: Music for the soul to blossom

Sol Blume festival returns for first time since 2019
May 2, 2022
Sol Blume music festival makes a comeback to Discovery Park attracting large crowds and loud music. This year, Sol Blume featured four women headliners and Sacramento native artists Victoria Monet and Yelly.
[FILE PHOTO]Sac State junior outfielder Trevor Doyle connects on a ball Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Klein Family Field in Stockton, California in a 13-6 Hornet win. Doyle hit his first homer of the year this weekend against Dixie State as the Hornets moved above .500 in WAC play.

SERIES RECAP: Sac State wins another series, taking 2 of 3 from Dixie State

Hornets make it 4 straight conference series wins in a row
April 25, 2022
Sac State baseball wins another series by taking 2 of 3 on the road against Dixie State. The Hornets haven’t dropped a series since the first week of April:
Sophomore outfielder Cesar Valero connects on a pitch against University of the Pacific at Klein Family Field in Stockton, California Tuesday, April 19,2022. Valero talked with State Hornet staffer Dylan McNeill about his baseball journey on the latest episode of the Swarm Report. (Photo by Dominique Williams. Graphic made in Canva by Mack Ervin III)

Sac State baseball and softball pick up wins, men’s tennis set for Big Sky tournament (ft. Cesar Valero): SWARM REPORT PODCAST

April 21, 2022
Sports co-editor Jordan Latimore is joined by Dylan McNeill and sophomore outfielder Cesar Valero to talk Sac State baseball on this week's Swarm Report.
Sophomore infielder Gunner Gouldsmith (middle) and senior infielder Steven Moretto(second from right) greet senior Keith Torres(far right) with fist bumps as he takes the field at Klein Family Field against University of the Pacific on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Stockton, California.,Everybody contributed and did their part to get the win tonight, said Torres, who finished the game 4-4.

GALLERY: Swipe through our best shots of Sac State’s UOP baseball win

Hornets take 13-6 win over the Tigers
April 20, 2022
PHOTO GALLERY: Sac State baseball goes on the road and take a 13-6 win over the University of the Pacific
Hornet fielders get set to take the field as senior shortstop Keith Torres gives a thumbs up to the dugout Friday April 15, 2022 at John Smith Field. Sacramento State sits in third place in the WAC conference at 9-9.

SERIES RECAP: Sac State baseball wins third straight conference series

Hornets take two from Seattle University, move to 9-9 in conference play
April 18, 2022
Hornet hitters Dawsen Bacho and Josh Rolling combined for 13 hits, four for home runs as Sac State baseball picks up a conference series win for the third straight weekend:
(FILE PHOTO) Sophomore Cesar Valero celebrates a home run with his teammates at John Smith Field Sunday, March 27, 2022 against Grand Canyon University. Valero tallied four home runs over the weekend and now leads the WAC with 12 this season.

SERIES RECAP: Sac State rides offensive onslaught to series win over New Mexico State

Eight home runs help Hornets go 2-1 on the road
April 12, 2022
Hornet offense averages 9.66 runs over the weekend, as they take series versus New Mexico State. Hornets are now 7-8 in WAC play:
[FILE PHOTO] Sacramento State men’s basketball interim head coach Brandon Laird speaks to his assistant coaches Sam Kirby (right) and Nate Smith (middle) in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss at home in The Nest versus Southern Utah University Saturday, Feb.12, 2022. Laird was replaced by former Oklahoma assistant David Patrick to be the next head coach of the men’s basketball team.

[Photo] ‘What’s done is done’: former interim Sac State basketball coach calls out athletic director for mishandling of his departure as head coach

April 5, 2022

[FILE PHOTO] Sacramento State men’s basketball interim head coach Brandon Laird speaks to his assistant coaches Sam Kirby (right) and Nate Smith (middle) in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss at home...

[File Photo] Freshman outfielder Jeffrey Heard (left) celebrates a home run with teammate sophomore infielder Gunner Gouldsmith (right) on Friday, March 11, 2022 against Saint Mary’s in an 8-2 Hornets loss. Heard hit his fourth home run of the season over the weekend as the Hornets won their first WAC series.

SERIES RECAP: Sac State baseball earns first series win since February against Utah Valley

April 3, 2022
After going 0-8 on Saturday’s and Sunday’s in the month of March, Sac State baseball picks up a win on Sunday to clinch the series against Utah Valley.
Freshman outfielder Jeffrey Heard slides into second base safely after being picked off by Grand Canyon University pitching on March 27 at John Smith Field in a 3-2 loss for Sac State. Heard is hitting .257 with three homers and six RBIs on the year.

Sac State baseball drops fourth straight series, loses two-of-three to GCU

Two one-run losses moves Sac State to 11-12
March 28, 2022
Four straight series losses brings Sac State baseball below .500, Hornets drop two-of-three against Grand Canyon University.
Brady fools the world, MLB lockout ends, NFL Free Agency and more: TAKE YOUR SHOT PODCAST

Brady fools the world, MLB lockout ends, NFL Free Agency and more: TAKE YOUR SHOT PODCAST

March 21, 2022
Editor in Chief Jordan Parker and sports co-editor Brandon Bailey are joined by sports beat writer Dylan McNeill to discuss the latest in the NFL, MLB and NBA.
Sac State senior first baseman Steven Moretto attempts to pick a ball out of the dirt at John Smith Field March 12th, 2022 against Dixie State in a 18-7 loss. The Hornets have committed 19 errors in 16 games thus far in the 2022 season.

SERIES RECAP: Sac State baseball opens conference play with series loss to Dixie State

Hornets drop two-of-three at home, fall to 9-7 on the year
March 14, 2022
Hornets baseball continues to scuffle, dropping series to Dixie State as Sac State is now 2-7 over their last nine games.
A ground ball gets past senior first baseman Steven Moretto for an error at John Smith Field on March 8. 2022, during an 8-2 loss to Saint Marys. Sac State committed four errors in the loss.

Sac State baseball look to relocate winning ways after losing four straight

Hornets now sit at 8-5 after 7-0 start
March 11, 2022
Sac State baseball’s 7-0 was the best start in the school’s Division I history; since then, the Hornets have gone 1-5; recent statistics explain the team’s sudden good fortune.
Sophomore outfielder Josh Rolling loses his cap as he catches a fly ball Friday, March 4, 2022 in a 21-4 Sacramento State win over Houston Baptist University at John Smith Field. The Hornets lost four of five games this week, after starting the year off 7-0.

SERIES RECAP: Hornets suffer first series loss of 2022 against Houston Baptist

Sac State baseball 1-4 since becoming nationally ranked
March 7, 2022
After starting the week 7-0, Sac State baseball now sits at 8-4 with conference play just around the corner. Hornets drop three straight after blowout win Friday; read the recap:
Sacramento State sophomore outfielder Cesar Valero connects for one of his three home runs against Houston Baptist University on March 4. 2022, at John Smith Field in a 21-4 Hornet win. Valero leads Sac State with six home runs so far in 2022.

Cesar Valero sets Sac State record with 10 RBIs

Outfielder also totals five hits, and three homers in 21-4 blowout win
March 6, 2022
Sac State baseball enjoyed a 21-4 lopsided win over Houston Baptist University as outfielder Cesar Valero enjoyed a 5-5 day with a school record 10 RBIs on Friday.
Men’s basketball’s winning streak and baseball off to historic start: SWARM REPORT PODCAST

Men’s basketball’s winning streak and baseball off to historic start: SWARM REPORT PODCAST

March 3, 2022
On this edition of the Swarm Report, co-sports editor Jordan Latimore breaks down latest on the baseball team’s hot start to the season and the men’s basketball team’s 3-game winning streak.
Sac State sophomore pitcher Max Pettey throws against UC Berkeley March 1, 2022 at Evans Diamond in Berkeley in what ended as a 6-2 loss for the Hornets. Tuesday was Petteys first start of 2022, pitching two shutout innings.

Sac State baseball suffers first loss of the season to UC Berkeley

March 2, 2022
Sac State baseball dropped their first game of the season after a blistering 7-0 start in a 6-2 loss to Cal.
Hornets infielders meet around sophomore pitcher Eli Saul on the mound at John Smith Field Feb. 18, 2022. Saul pitched Friday night to a line of 7.2 innings pitched, zero runs, four hits, and nine strikeouts against Long Beach State.

HOW SWEEP IT IS : Sac State ranked #20 following sweep of Long Beach State

Hornets rank as high as #20 in latest national rankings after 7-0 start
March 1, 2022
Hornets baseball sweep for the second straight weekend. This time, against Long Beach State, as go-ahead home runs are the difference in all three games:
Senior third baseman Steven Moretto(left) and sophomore outfielder Cesar Valero(right) tap helmets to celebrate Valero’s homerun on Feb. 18, 2022 against Northern Illinois University at John Smith Field. in a 11-7 Sac State victory. Both Moretto and Valero homered in the Hornets’ opening day of the 2022 season, which helped them achieve an 11-7 victory.

SERIES RECAP: Hornets’ baseball sweeps Northern Illinois in four-game series to open season

Sac State opens 2022 with best start in over a decade
February 23, 2022
Sac State baseball start new season with four game sweep over Northern Illinois University, in an exciting opening weekend of baseball.
The Sac State baseball team swarms freshman starting pitcher Colin Hunter on Feb.19, 2022 at John Smith Field after he threw   the second no-hitter in Sac State Division 1 history. Hunter recorded nine strikeouts and didn’t allow a walk in his collegiate debut.

Sac State pitcher Colin Hunter no-hits Northern Illinois in college debut

Second Division I no-hitter in Hornets' history
February 20, 2022
The Hornets move to 2-0 as freshman Colin Hunter no-hits Northern Illinois.
Sac States baseball team warms up before a practice Feb.17 in front of the Hornets brand new scoreboard.The new scoreboard is something weve been working for, fundraising and just playing our hearts out on the field for everybody. said senior pitcher Brady Rodriguez.

PREVIEW: Sac State baseball opens season on Friday against Northern Illinois

Hornets look for 11th straight winning season, fourth WAC conference championship
February 18, 2022
Baseball returns to Sacramento State as the Hornets open the season this weekend at home with a game against Northern Illinois for a four-game set.
California State University Chancellor Joseph Castro addresses student reporters in a virtual press conference Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Castro announced his resignation as CSU Chancellor after just 13 months following a report that revealed he mishandled sexual harrassment claims against a Fresno State employee during his time as president of the university.

BREAKING: CSU Chancellor resigns following mishandling of sexual harassment complaints

USA TODAY report revealed Joseph Castro mishandled complaints against a former employee while President at Fresno State
February 17, 2022
Joseph Castro resigned as chancellor of Cal State University after just 13 months in charge following complaints that he mishandled sexual harassment complaints during his tenure at Fresno State.
The Hornets’ bench players look on as Sac State is trounced 83-57 in a home defeat at the hands of Southern Utah in The Nest Feb. 12, 2022. Sac State has struggled immensely as of late, going 1-9 in their last 10 games.

[Photo] Sac State men’s basketball suffers embarrassing at-home defeat by Southern Utah

February 14, 2022

The Hornets’ bench players look on as Sac State is trounced 83-57 in a home defeat at the hands of Southern Utah in The Nest Feb. 12, 2022. Sac State has struggled immensely as of late, going 1-9 in...

Graduate guard Lianna Tillman defends a Northern Arizona player driving to the rim Thursday, Feb. 3rd, 2022 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Tillman finished with 19 points and 9 assists in Thursday’s 76-62 win over the Lumberjacks.

Sac State women’s basketball team stomps Northern Arizona 76-62

Hornets match season-high in points, as Tillman and Peneueta score 20 apiece.
February 4, 2022
Sac State women’s basketball team gets to .500 with their defeat of Northern Arizona University 76-62 on Thursday.
Sacramento State men’s basketball senior forward Bryce Fowler (23) attempts a free throw against the Montana State defense on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at the Hornets Nest. The Hornets suffered a heartbreaking 68-66 loss to the Bobcats after Fowler missed a potentially game-winning three at the buzzer.

[Photo] Sac State men’s basketball suffers heartbreaking 68-66 loss to Montana State

December 6, 2021

Sacramento State men’s basketball senior forward Bryce Fowler (23) attempts a free throw against the Montana State defense on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at the Hornets Nest. The Hornets suffered a heartbreaking...

Sacramento State men’s basketball senior forward Bryce Fowler drives to the rim against Montana on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at the Hornets Nest. The Hornets lost their conference opener to the Grizzlies 65-58 after finding themselves in an early 17-point deficit.

[Photo] Sac State men’s basketball trounced 65-58 in conference opener

December 4, 2021

Sacramento State men’s basketball senior forward Bryce Fowler drives to the rim against Montana on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at the Hornets Nest. The Hornets lost their conference opener to the Grizzlies...

Senior Sacramento State football running back BJ Perkinson runs against Dixie State on Sept. 4, 2021. Perkinson finished the win against Dixie State with 98 total yards.

Sac State football: Running game carries weight for offense

Hornet running back trio leads Big Sky’s second best rushing attack
December 2, 2021
Sac State football averages almost 200 yards a game rushing the ball in Big Sky. The three backs don’t mind who gets the touches, as long as they all get the win.
Senior guard Summer Menke at the free-throw line Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at the Hornets Nest. Sac State was defeated by Seattle University 71-67 in the Hornets final home game until Dec. 30th, 2021.

Sac State women’s basketball defeated 71-67 by Seattle University, comeback falls short

Redhawks drilled nine 3s to bury Hornets Saturday
November 22, 2021
The Hornets brought the game to within one in the final minute, in the end, Seattle University pulled out a 71-67 win versus Sac State women’s basketball team on Saturday.
Freshman guard Chris Holley brings up the ball at half-court on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 202,1 at the Hornets Nest. Sacramento State dominated William Jessup 89-59 in the Hornets’ season opener.

[Photo] Sac State men’s basketball stings William Jessup 89-59

November 10, 2021

Freshman guard Chris Holley brings up the ball at half-court on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 202,1 at the Hornets Nest. Sacramento State dominated William Jessup 89-59 in the Hornets’ season opener.

Freshman forward Jhared Willcot attempts to fake out a UC Davis defender on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. Willcot finishes the year with a goal and two assists.

Sac State men’s soccer season over, fell 2-1 to UC Davis

Aggies leap over Hornets into Big West playoff standings
November 1, 2021
Sac State soccer traveled to Davis looking to clinch their ticket to the Big West playoffs. The Aggies sent the Hornets home with a 2-1 loss to end their season.
 CSU Fullerton’s junior defender Edward Salazar shoves Sacramento State sophomore forward Titus Washington at Hornet Field on Sunday October 23, 2021. The play resulted in a red card for Salazar as the Hornets moved on to win 3-1. (Screenshot taken via ESPN)

Sac State men’s soccer keeps playoff hopes alive with 3-1 win

Crucial win overshadows ugly brawl Saturday
October 25, 2021
Sacramento State sealed Senior Day with crucial 3-1 win over Fullerton. An 82nd-minute brawl symbolized a wild day at Hornet Field on Saturday.
Sacramento State men’s soccer junior midfielder Oscar Govea hits a corner kick against CSU Bakersfield on Oct.13, 2021, at Hornet Field in a 2-0 loss.The Hornets currently  average 1.06 goals a match.

Hornets men’s soccer fall 3-0 to UCSB, Big West playoff hopes dwindle

October 22, 2021
Sac State men’s soccer fell to UC Santa Barbara 3-0 Wednesday night in a quiet loss for the Hornets. The Hornets were shut out for the sixth time on the season as they moved to 2-3-2 in Big West play.
Sac State sophomore pitcher Eli Saul throws at John Smith Field for the Hornets on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in a scrimmage against Cal. Saul made 16 appearances in the 2021 season including 13 starts.

Sac State baseball returns with fall scrimmages versus Cal

Hornets prep for 2022 season
October 17, 2021
Cal Baseball visits John Smith Field as the Bears take on the Hornets in an exhibition match to start fall ball for the two clubs. Head coach Reggie Christiansen looks for his fourth WAC championship.
Sac State sophomore forward Titus Washington races past a CSU Bakersfield defender on Wednesday, Oct.13, 2021, at Hornet Field. Washington has one goal and three assists so far this year.

Sac State men’s soccer falls to CSU Bakersfield 2-0

Hornets drop to seventh in Big West conference
October 14, 2021
It was another quiet night for Sac State men’s soccer as they went scoreless in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday. The Hornets now move to 3-8-3 on the season.
Hornet junior midfielder Oscar Govea is tripped up as the ball goes out of play on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, against Saint Marys in a 1-0 loss for the Hornets. The Hornets have averaged just 1.25 goals on the year.

Sac State men’s soccer falls 2-0 to UC Riverside, fail to get shot on goal

Hornets move to 3-7-3 on the year
October 9, 2021
Hornets were shutout 2-0 by UC Riverside in Sac State’s fourth shutout loss of the year in just 13 games.
Jhared Willcot moves the ball upfield against CSU Northridge in a 2-2 tie for the Hornets at Matador Soccer Game Field on Oct. 6, 2021. Willcot had one shot on goal in Wednesdays tie.

Sac State men’s soccer ties 2-2 in another overtime battle

Wednesday’s tie with CSU Northridge was the Hornet third overtime match in four games.
October 7, 2021
Sac State Men’s soccer picked up a third tie in four matches as they drew 2-2 with CSU Northridge on Wednesday.
Hornets sophomore forward Titus Washington wrestles past a Cal Poly defender in pursuit of the ball Sept. 29, 2021 in a 1-1 tie at Hornet Field. The Hornets home record is now 0-3-1 on the season.

Sac State men’s soccer begins Big West play with 1-1 tie versus Cal Poly

Hornets head to overtime for second straight game
September 30, 2021
Sac State soccer manages 1-1 tie after playing 10-on-11 for the second half and overtime on Wednesday.

Freshman defender Alejandro Padilla heads the ball against the Broncos on Sept. 24, 2021 at the WMU Soccer Complex. The Hornets have allowed one goal or fewer in four straight matches.

Sac State men’s soccer team draws with Western Michigan 1-1 in overtime

Hornets allow goal in fourth minute
September 24, 2021
The Sac State men’s soccer failed to pick up a win, but played well in a 1-1 tie with Western Michigan University on Friday.
The Hornets fail to convert a goal scoring opportunity as sophomore defender Genaro Alfaro watches his pass get interrupted against Saint Marys College on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. The Hornets lost 1-0 for the third time this season.

Sac State men’s soccer falls to Saint Mary’s College after controversial call

72nd-minute foul led to game-deciding penalty kick for the Gaels
September 20, 2021
Foul on Sac State goalkeeper set up penalty kick for Saint Mary’s as they won 1-0 over the Hornets on Sunday.
Senior forward Matthew Korpontinos (right) surveys the play as freshman defender Alejandro Padilla (left) defends the play against University of Portland on Monday, Sept.13, 2021. The Hornets picked up their second win of the season Thursday night with a 2-0 victory over University of the Pacific.

Sacramento State men’s soccer team defeat University of the Pacific 2-0

Goalkeeper Ryan Curtis’ seven saves lead Hornets to shutout win
September 17, 2021
Sac State men’s soccer broke its losing streak and earned a 2-0 road win over the University of the Pacific on Thursday with tenacious defense and timely scoring.
Sophomore forward Christo Cervantes drops a University of Nevada, Las Vegas defender as he dribbles the ball in a match on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Cervantes had two shots on goal in Monday night’s loss 1-0 loss to University of Portland.

Sac State men’s soccer falls to University of Portland on the road

Hornets averaging just 0.33 goals during three game losing streak
September 14, 2021
Sac State men’s soccer mustered just three shots on goal in road loss Monday night. The team’s record dropped to 1-5, read more here:
Sacramento State midfielder Oscar Govea (right) dribbles through University of Nevada, Las Vegas defense as midfielder Axel Ramirez (left) stumbles on a defender on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2021 at Hornet Stadium.The Hornets fell 1-3.

Hornets fall to UNLV 3-1, celebrate the late Arath Chavez

First half goal not enough as Hornets move to 1-4
September 11, 2021
Sacramento State’s men’s soccer team lost to UNLV on an emotional night for the Hornets as they celebrated a fallen teammate.
Sacramento State freshman midfielder Axel Ramirez shoots a corner in the first half of the game versus Gonzaga University on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021 at the Hornet Soccer Field. Gonzaga beat the Hornets with a score of 1-0.

Sac State men’s soccer shutout in 1-0 home opener loss to Gonzaga

Hornets total three shots on goal for the match
September 5, 2021
Sacramento State men’s soccer never found the goal and lost 1-0 to Gonzaga in their first shutout of the season on Sunday.
 Former Sacramento State senior forward Alex Bettencourt dribbles the ball past a San Jose State defender at Hornet Field on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Sac State beat San Jose State with a 3-2 score at the Spartan Soccer Complex on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.

Sac State men’s soccer picks up first win of season with 3-2 score

Hornets beat San Jose State, home opener scheduled for Sunday
September 3, 2021
Michael Gonzalez’s 79th-minute goal earned Sac State men’s soccer a 3-2 victory against San Jose State. Their first win of the season, the team’s home opener will be played on Sunday.
Sacramento State junior Dawsen Bacho crosses home plate as the team rushes the field after the walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh inning in game one against the University of San Francisco at John Smith Field at Sac State on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Moretto had three at-bats with one hit.

Sac State baseball takes 3 of 4 against University of San Francisco

The Hornets are 31-19 with one series before WAC playoffs
May 17, 2021

The Hornets notched wins number 29, 30 and 31 of the season during a four-game weekend series against University of San Francisco, in which both teams hosted two games apiece.  The non-conference series...

(File photo) Martin Vincelli-Simard crosses home plate following a home run against Texas State on February 28, 2021. The Hornets split their series against California Baptist University despite hitting six home runs over the weekend.

Sac State baseball splits road series with California Baptist University

Hornets sit third in WAC standings
May 9, 2021
Matt Smith raises his batting average to .388 to lead the WAC. Smith’s hot bat led the Hornets to a 14-1 victory over California Baptist University on Sunday.
Senior Ryan Walstad receives a ball at first base in the Hornets’ home game against Grand Canyon University on Sunday, May 2, 2021. In five at bats, Walstad claimed all three of Sac State’s RBIs during the game.

Sac State baseball outscored by 26 runs in series loss to Grand Canyon University

Hornets drop to 26-16, 17-11 in WAC
May 2, 2021
Conference play continued for the Hornets as they dropped three of four games to the Grand Canyon University Lopes at John Smith Field over the weekend.
Sac State baseballs dugout during a loss against Kansas University at Hoglund Ballpark on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. The Hornets split their two-game series versus the BIG 12 opponent as they head home to take on Grand Canyon University. Photo courtesy of the University Daily Kansan.

Sac State baseball splits two-game series with Kansas Jayhawks

Hornets took game one 11-6 before falling Wednesday 6-4
April 28, 2021
Sac State baseball split a series with the Kansas Jayhawks as Nick Iwasa and Martin Vincelli-Simard led the way offensively for the Hornets.
Sac State hitter Matt Smith swings against the Stanford Cardinals on March 29 in a 3-2 Hornet win. Smith became the Sac State leader in hits and RBIs on April 25 against Northern Colorado.

Sac State baseball team splits four-game series with Northern Colorado

Matt Smith tops Hornets all-time list in hits and RBIs
April 26, 2021
The Sac State baseball team’s Matt Smith set two Sac State records as the team split a four-game series against University of Northern Colorado.
 Matt Smith and Ryan Walstad fielding for the Hornets at John Smith Field. Smith and Walstad are first and second on the team in batting average. (Photos by Deanna Sanchez.)

Senior baseball players Matt Smith, Ryan Walstad lead Hornets through abnormal season

April 23, 2021
Two Seniors are helping lead Sac State hitting to making the first top 25 ranking in school history. Hear how they stayed ready through the pandemic to produce for the Hornets.
 Sac State baseball player second year Ryan Tinsley pitches the ball during the game against Seattle University on Sunday, April 18, 2021. Sac State won the game by the score of 11-4.

Sac State baseball snaps 3-game losing streak, salvages series versus Seattle University

Hornets get shutout first three games, win 11-4 in Game 4 of the series
April 18, 2021
The Hornets’ bats came back to life after going 24 straight innings without scoring a run and put up 11 to beat Seattle University 11-4 on Sunday.
Senior infielder Ryan Walstad tags one of New Mexicos players as they leap toward first base at Sac States John Smith Field on Sunday, April 11, 2021. The Hornets beat the Aggies by a final score of 4-0.

Hornets baseball team take series versus New Mexico State

Sac State wins 3 of 4
April 12, 2021
Following Friday’s blowout loss, the Hornets baseball team took back-to-back games to clinch the series on Sunday.
Sacramento State second baseman Jorge Bojorquez fields a roundball and throws to first in game one of Fridays action. The Hornets held on to win 10-5 at John Smith Field.

Sac State baseball team splits doubleheader against New Mexico State

April 9, 2021
Scott Randall continued his tremendous season for the Hornets Friday, adding his fifth win, with 11 strikeouts for Sac State baseball.
The Sacramento State baseball team rushes the field after Matt Smith’s walk-off hit during the ninth inning of the home game against Stanford University at John Smith Field on Monday, March 29, 2020. The Hornets were named the 24th ranked team on Collegiate Baseball’s top-25 poll on Monday, marking the first top-25 ranking in Sac State history.

Sac State baseball ranked in top 25 for first time in school history

April 5, 2021
For the first time in school history, Sac State appeared in Collegiate Baseball’s Div. I baseball poll amid a hot 18-6 start to the season.
Keith Torres (right) guides teammate Trevor Doyle into the plate during the home game against Stanford University at John Smith Field on Monday, March 29, 2021. Doyle scored the second run in the seventh inning against Stanford University to tie the game.

Hornet Baseball: Weekend series canceled due to positive COVID-19 test

April 1, 2021
The weekend baseball series against Creighton was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test as Sac State announced fans are set to return to Sac State in limited capacity.
The Sacramento State baseball team rushes the field after Matt Smith’s walk-off hit during the ninth inning of the home game against Stanford University at John Smith Field on Monday, March 29, 2020. The Hornets were named the 24th ranked team on Collegiate Baseball’s top-25 poll on Monday, marking the first top-25 ranking in Sac State history.

Matt Smith powers Sac State baseball past Stanford 3-2

Smith drives in all three runs as Hornet walk-off completes comeback
March 29, 2021
Back-to-back bean balls lead to the Hornets’ win over Stanford on Monday as the Hornets improve to 8-1 at John Smith Field on the year.
From left to right, Sac State baseball players Keith Torres, Steven Moretto, Ryan Walstad celebrate the Hornets’ win against Dixie State on Friday at John Smith Field.

Hornets baseball takes 3 of 4 as Randall matches school strikeout record

March 28, 2021
Sac State baseball collected a series win at home against Dixie State as pitchers Brady Rodriguez and Scott Randall each picked up their fourth win of the season.
FILE PHOTO: Hornet baseball team pitcher Scott Randall pitches against Texas State on February 27. Randall leads the team in wins and innings pitched and is tied for first in strikeouts.

Hornet baseball sweeps Utah Valley, continues winning on the road

March 21, 2021
The Sac State baseball team has won seven of eight conference games to start the season, four of those against Utah Valley.
Weekend Swarm Report: Baseball completes sweep and track starts strong

Weekend Swarm Report: Baseball completes sweep and track starts strong

Nine Saturday games lead to an action packed day
March 1, 2021
Sacramento State had nine games on Saturday and three more on Sunday. We recap all the action here on the Swarm report.
Sacramento State football and track and field athlete Elijah Dotson runs at a track and field practice at Hornet Stadium on February 13, 2021. “I just want to be that guy, and me working everyday is the best way for me to do it,” Dotson said.

Sac State’s two-sport athlete chases greatness

Elijah Dotson talks being a star athlete in football, track & field.
February 24, 2021
What do you do after making All Big Sky as a running back? Complete a lifelong dream of doing track and field, said Sac State’s Elijah Dotson.
 Each day The State Hornet will recap all the action from the day of sports at Sacramento State. Sunday Sac State baseball dropped the rubber match of their series to Arizona State and women’s tennis fell to UC Davis, remaining winless. Graphic by Max Connor

Swarm Report Feb. 21: baseball and women’s tennis lose

February 21, 2021
The Hornets’ baseball team dropped their rubber match to Arizona State and women’s tennis lost to UC Davis, but looks to bounce back tomorrow.
What to watch for this week in Hornet Sports. Baseball opens against the formidable Arizona State Sun Devils, softball has a home doubleheader against Cal and men’s basketball look to hand Southern Utah their first home loss. Graphic by Max Connor

Hornets’ weekly preview: 5 Sac State games to watch

Baseball begins their season against Arizona State
February 16, 2021
What to watch for this week in Hornet Sports. Baseball opens against the formidable Arizona State Sun Devils, softball has a home doubleheader against Cal and men’s basketball look to hand Southern Utah their first home loss.
Xzavion Stevenson,22, admiring the Sacramento County and City limit sign. Stevenson recently finished third in the most recent Sac States Got Talent. Photo Courtesy of Xzavion Stevenson.

Sac State student looking to make a difference in Sacramento hip-hop

Rapper Xzavion Stevenson discusses his upbringing and music career
December 18, 2020
Local rapper Xzavion Stevenson talks about how his connection with Sacramento State and his love for the city of Sacramento inspired his music.
An example of what an Ethicli score looks like on a browser. The extension provides scores on four categories: environmental impact, labor practices, animal welfare and social involvement. Photo courtesy of Billy T. Hernandez.

Sac State student’s free browser extension makes ethical shopping easier

Ethicli scores shops on environmental impact, labor practices
December 15, 2020
The free browser extension Ethicli, created by Sac State computer science student Billy T. Hernandez, offers online shoppers a way to shop ethically this holiday season.
Steph Curry photo by by Rus.K is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, Steve Martin photo by ellasportfolio is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0, Gordon Ramsay photo by gordonramsaysubmissions is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Graphic made in Canva by Max Connor.

REVIEW: MasterClass offers students one-year membership for $1

Platform offers online classes taught by experts, celebrities
September 17, 2020
MasterClass will offer all college students a year long subscription to their platform for only $1 on Sept. 17.
Sac State Students Joyce Vang, Miguel Forbes and Taylor Hill perform the dance Transfiguration by Bernard Brown in Sacramento/ Black Art of Dance (S/BAD). S/BAD was the last Department of Theatre and Dance performance of the spring semester. Photo courtesy of Bernard Brown.

How Sac State arts students are transitioning to online classes

Many struggle with virtual arts classes
May 6, 2020

Many Sacramento State arts students have reported difficulty transitioning from in-person to online classes due to California’s shelter-at-home order.  Sac State senior Maia Pheng is working on getting...

A detailed look at braid work done by fourth year student Ivie Eboigbodin. Photo courtesy of Ivie Eboigbodin.

Sac State students embrace their culture through hair

April 30, 2020

Black hair can take many forms with its versatile styles, colors and added jewelry, but it's more than just style — Black hair is culture. In the 19th century, African American and Black Americans...

Senior forward Chibueze Jacobs attempts a free throw against Portland State at the Nest on Thursday, Jan. 24. The Hornets dropped their final regular season game on the road to the Vikings 76-72.

Sac State men’s basketball team drops Big Sky play finale 76-72

Hornets set to face Weber State
March 8, 2020

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team dropped a close game Saturday night to the Portland State University Vikings by a score of 76-72 on Portland State’s senior night.  The Hornets (15-14,...

Sac State senior Louis Chabut serves during the doubles set on Friday, March 6 versus University of Hawaii at the Sac State Tennis Courts. The Hornets fell to Hawaii 4-0.

Sac State men’s tennis team drops 9th straight match

Hawaii defeated the Hornets 4-0
March 6, 2020

The Sacramento State men’s tennis team was handed their 9th straight loss in a competitive yet lopsided match against the University of Hawaii on Friday by a score of 4-0. The match was the first...

Racial equality activist Ruby Bridges addresses the crowd during the 21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Sac State Union Ballroom on Sunday, Jan. 26. Bridges was recognized for being the first Black child to desegregate an elementary school in the south.

Ruby Bridges honored at Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Sac State

Bridges was the first Black student to desegregate a southern school
January 26, 2020

Sacramento State held the 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in the University Union Ballroom on Saturday evening with a keynote speech from civil rights activist Ruby Bridges. Bridges was...

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